I’m Persuaded #SOL18

I had my doubts. Could they do it? Would they get it? My Kindergarten writers have written amazing poetry, how-to-books, imaginative stories, even information books all year. But persuasive writing? How would my writers do tackling problems, real problems?

Perhaps my doubts were really in myself. Could I teach this type of writing unit? It is unfamiliar territory to me. Way out of my comfort zone. It’s not a genre that I have written myself, and writing teachers need to write.

Yesterday we launched. I was ready for the mini lesson. My chart was ready. The paper store was stocked up with poster, letter, poem, petition, and book-making paper, ready for writers to make their choices. And then this happened.


Now I feel guilty that I had my doubts and questioned their abilities, my abilities. Now I know better. Now I know to trust. Trust in them and trust in myself.


Many thanks to the crew at Two Writing Teachers, and the extended SOL community, for giving us the time, space, and encouragement to live the writerly life here each Tuesday. Won’t you join us?



7 thoughts on “I’m Persuaded #SOL18

  1. This was such a relevant way to teach opinion writing! The kids were so into it. Thank you for sharing the samples so we could share the joy with you. LOVE!


  2. Love your play on the word “persuaded” in your title and “persuasive” in your text. Wondering if that was deliberate… or one of those things that just happens when we write? Yeah! for you and your K-writers!


  3. This post makes me smile widely! What a wonderful testament to your teaching! Your Ss are noticing how they feel about things that matter to them and wondering how they can make change! I love the S who wrote about pushing in chairs! Totally impressed by the S who made the suggestion to “change things up on the playground!” Kudos! Thanks for sharing!


  4. Leave it to your students to persuade you that they are writers and can rise to the challenge. This work is amazing so give yourself and your little ones a pat on the back and a big applause from me. Child #2 has amazing print for a kinder and I just love all of their persuasive thoughts and feelings.


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